Bonner Honored As Tigers Move Up to No. 5

Birmingham, Ala.--Auburn senior DeWanna Bonner has been named SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to wins over Alabama and 10th-ranked Tennessee.

Auburn improved its record to 20-0 and has moved up to fifth place nationally in this week's AP Top 25 poll behind 19-0 UConn, 16-2 Oklahoma, 17-1 Duke and 17-1 Baylor.

For Bonner, it is the third time this season she has been honored as the league's player of the week. She won it on November 17th and Jan. 12th.

On Sunday in an 82-68 victory over Tennessee, she scored a career-high 35 points and added nine rebounds plus six steals. Earlier in the week she scored 24 points and added six assists and five rebounds in an 83-66 victory over Alabama.

The Tigers and UConn are the only undefeated Division I teams, women or men, in the country. Auburn leads the SEC with a 5-0 record in conference play heading into road trips to Georgia on Thursday and LSU on Sunday.

A sellout crowd of 12,067 fans, the largest in AU women's hoops history, was on hand at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Sunday to watch the Tigers improve to 20-0. The Tigers are off to the second best start in school history. The 1988-89 team won its first 28 games.

For the week Bonner made 19-35 field goals and hit 19-22 free throws with seven assists and four turnovers.

The Tigers will tip off at 6 p.m. CST in Athens on Thursday vs. Georgia, which is 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the league. The game will be televised by CSS.

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